By Craig Scott

23rd Sep, 2020 | 3:40pm

Tony Dorigo raves about Leeds-linked No 10 who 'must have a cannon in his left boot'

Tony Dorigo cannot believe the shooting power of reported Leeds United target Ruslan Malinovskyi, who plays for Ukraine and Atalanta.

According to a report by the Telegraph last week, the 27-year-old has emerged on the radar of Leeds amid frustration in their purusit of Udinese’s Rodrigo De Paul.

Malinovskyi is reportedly valued at £20million by Atalanta, which is far lower than the £36.8million that Udinese are demanding for De Paul [Fabrizio Romano].

Twitter account Leeds All Over shared a clip of Malinovskyi scoring a stunner against Lazio in Serie A last season.

Ex-Leeds defender Dorigo, who was commentating in the clip, responded to it by gushing over the Ukrainian’s shooting power.

“Always find it strange when I hear my own voice over a clip,” said the former England international via his personal Twitter account. “However, Malinovskyi must have a cannon in his left boot, no?”

Malinovskyi can offer more to Leeds than simply the ability to score thunderbolts from distance with the Ukranian also proficient in passing and creating chances.

Last season, the attacking midfielder scored nine goals and supplied seven assists in 44 appearances across all competitions to help Atalanta finish third in Serie A and reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Stats by WyScout show that the Ukraine international had an xG of 0.29 and xA of 0.2 per 90 minutes of football last term while also averaging 51.66 passes, 5.84 dribbles and 3.8 shots at goal per 90 minutes.

With Leeds seemingly barking up the wrong tree in their pursuit of De Paul, Malinovskyi seems like a cheap alternative who is more than good enough to play for an ambitious Premier League club like the Whites.

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